Eagle Star/Wayne Sheldon - file photo, May 30, 1994
Dressed in formal attire, Crivitz School officials, from left, Gene Chapman, elementary school principal; Al Brown, district administrator; and Bob Berndt, band director, relax on the roof of the Crivitz School Thursday afternoon. The three agreed to spend the night on the roof if the kindergarten through fifth grade students could read 8,500 books during the school year. The students read 9,062 books, and three school officials spent Thursday night on the roof. 
Eagle Star/Wayne Sheldon - file photo, May 30, 1994

Dressed in formal attire, Crivitz School officials, from left, Gene Chapman, elementary school principal; Al Brown, district administrator; and Bob Berndt, band director, relax on the roof of the Crivitz School Thursday afternoon. The three agreed to spend the night on the roof if the kindergarten through fifth grade students could read 8,500 books during the school year. The students read 9,062 books, and three school officials spent Thursday night on the roof. 

100 YEARS AGO: After throngs of people had made way at the station of (Company I) to get in line the parade was started. Headed by the police force they marched eastward on Hall Avenue to Main and Liberty streets, and up to Stephenson to the Armory, where friends and relatives were awaiting their arrival. Following the police force was the band led by Professor Bergfors. Patriotic airs were played, the crowds whistled and sang and tumultuous cheering filled the atmosphere. The whistles and bells of the city blew and peeled forth the glad tidings of welcome. By the time the line of march had reached the Arch the crowd was going wild with enthusiastic shouts of joy and welcome.

50 YEARS AGO: The Marinette County Board of Supervisors was informed this morning that the ratio of total county debt to total equalized valuation is “extremely low.” The favorable report was submitted by Harry Kivell of First Wisconsin National Bank at Milwaukee, the county’s bonding consultant. The figures were complied in anticipation of a $1.8 million bond issue by the county. Half of the proceeds would be marked for expansion at Marinette County University Campus and the remainder for projects at Marinette General Hospital. Kivell listed the county’s present total indebtedness at $7,877,323. The figure includes debts of county government, cities, towns and villages, sanitary districts and school districts. According to the consultant, the ratio of all debt to total equalized valuation is only 3.7 per cent. This represents debt per capita of $218.81. 

25 YEARS AGO (photo at left): A crowd gathered outside of the Crivitz school as three individuals dressed in shorts and T-shirts and brandishing super-soakers, were seen throwing water balloons off the school roof Thursday afternoon (May 19). The Crivitz Fire Department had arrived and had a ladder perched against the wall of the school. Most of the faculty had assembled and were seen anxiously searching for the culprits. Everyone seemed to be there except the administration, which was conspicuous by its absence. But, far from being absent, the administration, instead was the culprit. The three hooligans who were throwing water balloons at crowds of elementary school children as the school day was coming to a close, turned out to be District Administrator Al Brown, elementary school principal Gene Chapman and band director Bob Berndt.   

FIVE YEARS AGO: The city of Menominee is moving forward with a water and wastewater rate study. The council unanimously approved a recommendation Monday night to spend $16,000 to hire Coleman Engineering Co. to conduct the study, which is expected to take about two months to complete. Mayor Jean Stegeman dispelled rumors the city is looking to raise rates to help pay for the “Let it Run” program over the winter. Residents were asked to keep a stream of water running to help prevent water lines from freezing. “Sadly, it is highly coincidental that when we needed a rate study already we had this foul winter on top of it,” said Stegeman.